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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Whistling
Variant name: Suspenseful
Start time: 0:46:25
End time: 0:46:42
Total duration: 0:00:17
Page #: 104
Measure #: 19
Scene: Reel 6 Part 1
Key: Db - F
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 108
Marking: Allegretto
Instrumentation: orchestra
Solo Instrument: flute, whistler



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Description
Description: The whistling variant is softer since Joe is whistling outside (Mabel sees him from the window); this variant turns dark and distorted as Joe gets closer to the house
On-screen: Mabel looks out the window
Music annotations: [m. 19] we'll make a separate whistle track (I'll do [illegible]) / allegretto / pp / cue in for [illegible]; [m. 24] poco meno / simile / mf
Film annotations: [m. 19] She stops at window; [m. 20] Joe turning corner / How many times; [m. 22] I can't stand it!; [m. 25] He raises window
Orchestration annotations: [m. 19] celeste + piano / flute pp; [m. 21] gong p (let it ring); [m. 22] harp / 3 horns / 3 clar / flute ends; [m. 23] fl starts again
Analysis: Mabel's concerns intrude on Joe's whistling (creating a texture that is almost polytonal); his whistling continues on at the same tempo while her concern music slows down - the two are unrelated tonally and metrically
Tags

anxious | cheerful | concerned | create suspense | harmonic sequence | leading lady | leading man | on-screen music | police | polytonality | room | scored source music | source music | whistling

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